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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Can do for AustraliaThe key components for wine are as followsGrape Cost  range $250/tonne for E Grade to $10,000/tonne for A GradeExtraction Rate at winery range 550 litres/tonne crushed for small wineries to 750+ for big wineries [eg Gallo's big winery in Central Valley]Winery overheads including depreciation wage costs chemicals electricity e... Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  $120/13,000JPYPaoletti, Malbec, Napa, 2002 $30/3,4,000JPYMargerum UBER Syrah, Santa Barbara, 2008 $60/7,000 JPYLUNA Meritage, Napa "Canto Vineyard" 2000 $60/7,000 JPYParaduxx by Duckhorn, Meritage, Napa "Mallards" $40/4,500 JPYJordan CS, Sonoma 2,000 (no label) $70/8,000 JPYWi... Read More

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... wine from grapes from say the Central Valley and they do it by formula so there's a brand consistency year to year.We used to import wine that hit the shelves for under $20 because the younger sister and brother took over, pulled out of the co-op and decided to go it on ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Hey Lefty, gotta love the viognier.  Surprisingly enough, some of my favorite viognier has come from the Central Coast, several wineries in Paso make excellent wine from this grape.  Two that come immediately to mind are Tablas and Anglim (although Anglim sources their grapes from Santa Maria Valley.  Love that white stone fruit mixed with honey... Read More

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  • Amour, thanks for sharing the Day Wine, I'm always looking for good, little known Willamette Valley wines. Our son lives in Portland and we visit about once a year and always spend a day or more in wine country, I've put this on my to-do list.Mark, we've had the '12 Bedrock Alder Springs and my tasting notes are right in line with yours for the ... Read More

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  • Depends on our definition of reasonable. QPR?Pinot fruit is more expensive to ... They don't grow PN in the central valley because it's too hot a climate so no cheap mass production vineyards are available. With that said, Pinot Noir is one of the most misrepresented varieties on the market. It's a fickle grape that takes care to produce a goo... Read More

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  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

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  • The Jeff Hill story is something, isn't it?  InVino has been selling the wine via their flash site/email list, and I've seen it at the discounter.  You can't sell it in Europe at all (I think the article explains it) and, after reading all that, why would you trust that what's in the bottle is anything but Central Valley bulk juice of who knows ... Read More

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